Public Utility Commission said Pittsburgh’s ban on natural gas production goes against Pennsylvania law.
PUC is authorized to determine whether local drilling rules coincide with Act 13, the new state law that regulates natural gas production.
PUC officials delayed issuing opinions on local ordinances because of an Act 13 lawsuit filed in July that was pending. Following an overturn of the law’s zoning restrictions, the PUC began working on a request from city solicitor Dan Regan issued in February.
Pittsburgh’s ban was passed in November 2010. The ordinance stated that gas production poses a significant threat to residents, and drilling permits issued by the state and federal governments will not be accepted in the city.
The PUC said Pittsburgh’s ban interfered with the state’s authority to create environmental regulations. The ban according to the PUC also conflicts with state law.